Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt has shrugged off the constant comparisons between the legendary Virat Kohli and Pakistan superstar Babar Azam, stating that the former is far more experienced and proven at the intentional level as compared to the latter.
Azam’s consistent run-scoring in the past 2 years has led to constant comparisons between him and Virat Kohli but Salman Butt believes that the 26-year-old still has a long way to go before fair comparisons can be drawn between him and the Indian captain.
Salman Butt also noted that unlike Virat Kohli, who has several match-winning players around him, Babar Azam, except for Mohammad Rizwan, does not have that luxury.
“There is no comparison between Babar Azam and Virat Kohli. The Indian captain is very experienced and Babar Azam is relatively new. The Pakistan skipper has been performing well but there is still a long way to go for him. But Babar doesn’t have the support around him, which can convert his performances into match-winning ones. Kohli, though, has a complete framework. He has a cluster of outstanding player around him. India can win even if Kohli fails because there are others in the team, who are capable of winning games for them.” said Salman Butt on his official Youtube channel.
“At the moment, Babar is young, doesn’t have that much experience and exposure as Kohli. Secondly, he is almost like a lone performer in the team. He has the support of (Mohammad Rizwan) but the others only perform once in a while. Babar Azam scores runs yet he has to face criticism, which is a double jeopardy. It is the machinery that has to work, one man cannot make a difference. It is a team game after all,” Butt added.
Butt also pointed out that Azam has only played a handful of ODIs- his best format- in the past three years and so the comparison is not viable.
He, however, added that Babar will only get better as his career progresses.
”Babar has been in top-class form for two years and has been scoring consistently. But Pakistan have played 10 one-dayers in the last three years, so how many opportunities did he have? And how can there be a comparison? Babar Azam has to learn a lot. He is a world-class player and will only get better.” he said.